from Act III, Scene 2 of the French opera Manon
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac
Role: Chevalier Des Grieux
, a nobleman, son of Count Des Grieux
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: The reception room in St. Sulpice church, France, 18th century
Synopsis: After entering the seminary in order to forget about Manon, Des Grieux finds that he is unable to forget his love for her. He prays to God to remove this shadow from his heart.